October 09, 2003


Aieeeee! Unexpected work (or “verk”, as it’s now known throughout the Arniesphere) has delayed any Bathurst blogging. Check Niall for all the latest.

Posted by Tim Blair at October 9, 2003 03:27 PM

Once again the petrol heads stay glued to the goggle box as some $1/2 million each dinosaurs spend 5 hours polluting the environment until (yawn) a few reach the end without crashing or haemorrhaging from a vital component!

The most recent edition of CSIRO's "Sustainability Network Update" speaks at length about the need for our society to recognise the necessity for a big rethink about use of the world's depleting oil supply--- in doing so suggesting there are four different attitudes in our society: (very condensed)
1)It's a problem, that's why we have climate change & had the Iraq war.
2) The economists & politicians; look we need the imports/exports & anyway change is no way to win an election.
3) A select group who say that sometime between 2010 & 2015 supply will peak & drop to by half by 2050---with enormous price increases & a big economic problem.
4)The norm (no pun). Turn on the tellie son & pass me a beer.

Dear fellow poster, which group are you a part of ??

Have a happy Sunday. Gadfly

Posted by: Gadfly at October 9, 2003 at 04:54 PM

But THAT'S motor racing!

Posted by: Tony.T at October 9, 2003 at 05:01 PM

Like, come and rain on my party.

Posted by: pooh at October 9, 2003 at 05:02 PM

Tony T & pooh :
You did,nt answer my question. Surely group 4.
Pity! Enjoy it anyway. Cheers Gadfly

Posted by: Gadfly at October 9, 2003 at 05:18 PM

5) Shit, that's a worry! Drill Alaska, then turn on the TV and pass me a beer.

See? Norm has a conscience, a solution and a good time.

Posted by: pooh at October 9, 2003 at 05:35 PM

pooh my friend,
That was NO solution.
Have a Toohey's Red, on me. cheers Gadfly

Posted by: Gadfly at October 9, 2003 at 06:05 PM

Will some one lite a match next to Gadfly thus removing a source of methane gas.

Posted by: Gary at October 9, 2003 at 06:16 PM

Yours inflammably, Gadfly

Posted by: Gadfly at October 9, 2003 at 06:35 PM

Where are the swooping Jaguar Mark IIs, the buzzing Fiats, the flying Cooper Ss, the Lotus Cortinas, the hammering Falcon GTs, the thunderous Pontiacs, the massive Chevrolets, the thumping Monaros, the Elfins, the EHs, the HRs, the early Toranas ... ?

Gone, all gone.

Posted by: ilibcc at October 9, 2003 at 06:48 PM

there's sumthink very wrong with guys who are'nt into cars. what group are you in?

Posted by: rosco at October 9, 2003 at 06:48 PM

hi illi! there's still series production racing in australia, it just doesnt have the profile that the two make supercar series has.

Posted by: rosco at October 9, 2003 at 06:52 PM

How ever far we've come, whatever problems we've got now, and whatever future we have - it was/is/will be better thanks to the sort of people who love motorsport. The reason for this is that motorsport is one of the ways inwhich the human spirit manifests itself. When we are in dire need of ideas and action it will be the mechanics who won't let us down

I love motorsport. Broom broom.

The GTHOs, the XU1s - those were the days. I hope they play Bill Brown's big prang - when he put that HO end over end along the fence. Teach the young a thing or two about life and racing.

Posted by: James Hamilton at October 9, 2003 at 07:48 PM

Little dicks need big cars

Posted by: Le clerc at October 9, 2003 at 10:01 PM

Don't worry, Gadfly. Someone will work out a way to replace petroleum products with whale-oil or something. Renewable energy is the way of the future. Pass me a baby seal with my beer!

Posted by: Bob Bunnett at October 10, 2003 at 12:40 AM

Gadfly, I'm guessing you're just a kid, and you haven't yet lived long enough to realize that the oil has been "just about" to run out since 1920. The deadline is always 15-20 years in the future.

When you get a couple of decades under your belt, you'll probably realize it too, but until then, stop imagining that you're somehow telling us something we haven't heard before.

My favorite was food rationing in the US by 1990 at the latest. That was a virtual mathematical certainty!

Posted by: John Nowak at October 10, 2003 at 03:39 AM

Many international readers have admired Tim's brilliant comic creation Margo Kingston but as an Australian I know that truth is ugly, and Margo is real. But has Tim linking to 'Niall' given away something I have long suspected - Niall's weblog 'Whom Gods Destroy' is actually Tim's parody weblog satirising lame Leftism? I mean, Phillip Adams 'masterful'?

Posted by: Softly at October 10, 2003 at 05:11 AM

Gadfly: don't click here, you'll blow a fuse. It goes against everything you've ever heard, thought, or believed.

Posted by: david at October 10, 2003 at 07:48 AM

Next weekend is the MotoGP down at Phillip Island. I'll do my best to use as much unrenwable energy as possible getting there and back don't you worry. I'll have to to keep up with the other bike nuts I'm going down with. I wont be drinking though, that's just dumb given the amount of cops and my inability to hold the bike up while pissed.

I guess that make me half a Norm. Yay for me.

Posted by: Jake D at October 10, 2003 at 11:47 AM

Surely the motive power produced by the engine holds the bike up, you don't have to be sober.

Posted by: pooh at October 10, 2003 at 12:42 PM

Not at the lights Pooh ;-)!

Besides, all jokes aside, coming back from the SBK this year after a great weekend it was very saddening to here from a friend about the guy who on the ride home pulled in front of a truck while turning into a petrol station.

It happened at dusk, I don't think the guy had been drinking, but he died all the same.

I don't plan on adding myself to the sad list of those who didn't make it home.

Posted by: Jake D at October 10, 2003 at 02:50 PM

Hmm. I have a friend with better fortune. Car slammed into his bike on a wet, greasy Eastern Freeway early one winter's morning in 1999. Severe injuries, long hospital stays, many operations, immense pain and patient rehabilitation.

This summer he recommences his long distance running career.

Ride carefully.

Posted by: pooh at October 10, 2003 at 03:48 PM

Thanks Pooh, I appreciate the thought. I'm generally pretty careful - living in Melbourne does that to you.

It's good to know your friend didn't become another statistic. I hope he runs his legs off.

Posted by: Jake D at October 10, 2003 at 05:40 PM

To David D & John Nowak;
David I did,nt blow a fuse. I'm familiar with the
work of Kennicutt & Gold. At best their hypothesis indicates a further reserve of oil of about 10% ( and that's at a probability level of 10% by their own admission).
Even if there is 10% more available that only extends the "out of oil" date from 2047 by 9.4 years.

John Nowak: No I am not 15 years old, probably older than you, I also share scepticism about predictions. Best route is to stick to scientific method. Gadfly

Posted by: Gadfly at October 11, 2003 at 06:13 PM

Gadfly, if you're older than 15, you should remember that around 1990 we were going to run out of oil by 2005.

And I am sticking to the scientific method. A prediction is made every ten years, it is repeatedly proven wrong every ten years. It's nonsense.

Posted by: John Nowak at October 11, 2003 at 10:03 PM